Jh Engström: Tout Va Bien

Photographs by JH Engström.


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Swedish artist JH Engström (born 1969) is an inveterate bookmaker. Most recently, his published works have explored ideas of place and home, including "Sketch of Paris" (Aperture, 2013), "La Résidence" (2010), "From Back Home" (2009) and "CDG/JHE" (2008). After more than a decade of such thematic projects, "Tout Va Bien" returns to the looser, more associative approach of Engström's critically acclaimed volume "Trying to Dance" (2003). The source for these photographs is nevertheless strongly autobiographical, as well as vividly metaphorical; a reemphasis of the artist's belief in photography's potential as visual poetry. The sequencing is highly charged with contrasts: black-and-white images mix with color; the gentle beauty of coastal rocks clashes with a flash-lit image of the bright, blood-red placentas from the birth of his twins. The book leaves it to the viewer to map his or her own network of meaning from image to image, page to page.

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 152
Publication date: 2015-10-27
Measurements: 9.1 x 11.2 x 0.7 inches
ISBN: 9781597113489

About the Artist Tab
Photographs by JH Engström.

JH Engström spent the early portion of his life and photography career between Sweden and France. After assisting Mario Testino in Paris and Anders Petersen in Stockholm, he received his formal education from Gothenburg University in Gothenburg, Sweden, graduating in 1997. Engström has produced several photobooks, including Trying to Dance (2004), Haunts (2006), CDG/JHE (2008), From Back Home (with Anders Petersen, 2009) and La Résidence (2009). Engström is the recipient of grants from such institutes as the Swedish Art Council, the Swedish Authors’ Foundation, and the Hasselblad Center. In 2005, he was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his book Trying to Dance. He is represented by Galerie VU, Paris, and by GUN Gallery, Stockholm.